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If your speakers don't work, and you've checked all software settings, then it might be a very simple, even silly, solution.
Leo, my PC is an XP. The sound is disappeared even though when I go into the Control Panel, it says that sound is on and the arrows are up high. I'm confused.
In this excerpt from Answercast #95 I look at a case where speakers have suddenly stopped working.
Well, you know, you certainly checked the software side of things. In other words:
You made sure that the output is set to the correct device, and it's not muted;
That the volume settings are appropriate - in other words, not zero; they're up high enough that you should be able to hear them if things are working.
You know what I always look at in a case like this? It's going to sound really silly but it happens more often than you think.
Are the speakers still plugged in? By that I mean - is the cable from the speakers still plugged into your PC? Is the other end of that cable still properly plugged into the speakers?
You would be surprised at how often this happens (especially if you have pets) that a cable will just somehow, at some point, get yanked out and the speakers are simply not connected.
Now the other side of this, of course, is that the speakers could be broken. There could be a problem especially if you're running through something other than simple speakers. If you're running through some kind of device (maybe an amplifier, or some other kind of powered speaker situation) make sure that's all working as well.
A quick way to tell, by the way, is to unplug your speakers from the computer and plug them into something else that provides output. It could be an mp3 player; it could be your phone; it doesn't really matter.
That's a quick way to test to make sure that the speakers themselves are actually working. My guess is speakers are working fine; computer's are working fine; there's just an unplugged connection between the two.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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